Pablo Picasso "Child Holding a Dove" 1901.
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Pablo Picasso "Child Holding a Dove" 1901 National Gallery, London Analysis: Teacher's Notes Doves are a recurring theme in Picasso's work. His father bred them and many of his childhood sketches included them. This work also represent's a return to thoughts of his childhood and memories of his sister Conchita who died of diphtheria in 1895. Following her death, Picasso's work took on a new maturity and this contributed to the melancholy theme of his 'Blue Period'. "Child Holding a Dove" is painted just prior to the commencement of Picasso's 'Blue Period' and clearly shows the influences which shaped his early work. Renoir's gift for capturing the innocence of children without sentimentality is shown here together with the colour and contour of Gauguin.
Picasso used disease ridden prostitutes from the saint-lazone prison hospital as models for these works and their plight and the pathetic nature of their circumstances disturbed him deeply and accelerated his transition to blue paintings of unhappiness. Picasso's subject wears the large wrap-ground show commonly worn by Spanish women at this time and many refer to the work of El Grreco which often featured a similar garment. This was one of the few paintings Picasso sold during these early years and was bought by the wife of his paint supplier. Pablo Picasso "Les Desmoiselles d'Avignon" 1907 Museum of Modern Art, New York Analysis: Teacher's Notes "Les Desmoiselles d'Avignon" was created from Picasso's memory of Barcelona prostitutes standing in the entrance to a brothel on the carrera d'Aviyo and was met with shock and discomfort by his contemporaries.
when Picasso discovered a beach of Biarritz, which was so seduded that it was almost possible to forget the horrors of the war. It is a frenzy of coloured rhythms. The distortion of the Mannerist painter parmagianino are pushed to the extreme and the work also shows some debt to the romantic painter Ingres. The painting features exuberant colour and features two figures revelling in the open air. Newly married to Olga Koklova, Picasso opent much of his time painting in his studio art Biarritz. This was a relatively happy time for him and his output became very high. "The Bathers" is one of the most exemplary creations of this time. A robust and vibrant composition, which was later used as a model for the murals painted on his bedroom wall.
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